Getting Started with Peercoin on OS X

Lately there have been a lot of questions from people who have had trouble getting started with Peercoin on their Macs. There’s a lot of information out there, scattered about, if you have the time to track it all down and figure out which parts are good and which aren’t, but to (hopefully) make it easier for anyone new to Peercoin (and for those who may not be new), I’ve put together a tutorial to get you started.

The tutorial includes all of the steps, with screenshots, to get you through:

[ul][li]Locating and downloading the Peercoin wallet client[/li]
[li]Installing the Peercoin wallet on your Mac[/li]
[li]Running the Peercoin wallet for the first time[/li]
[li]Synchronizing with the Peercoin Network[/li]
[li]Securing Your Peercoin wallet[/li]
[li]Understanding what your wallet can do[/li][/ul]

It also includes a link to the Mac Proof-of-stake minting tutorial that I wrote here on

This is the first pass at this, and I expect to provide updates to the page if anything changes or if people request clarifications to any of the sections.

Moving forward, I’m going to start working on a series of advanced topic pages that discuss other aspects of the OS X Peercoin client, such as:

[ul][li]Interacting with the Peercoin daemon, [font=courier]ppcoind[/font] from the command line[/li]
[li]Advanced configurations and settings with [font=courier]ppcoin.conf[/font][/li]
[li]Backing up your Peercoin wallet on a regular basis[/li]
[li]Using paper wallets and importing privkeys into your Peercoin wallet[/li][/ul]

If anyone has suggestions for other topics that they would like to see covered, please let me know in this thread, and I’ll do my best to get it included (or, in some cases, find someone who knows more than I do about the topic to write a companion page).

Should you find any errors or areas that are not clear in the tutorial, feel free to let me know here and I’ll get those fixes included.

Thank you, and happy Peercoin-ing!


For the majority of OS X users, the best option for a Peercoin wallet is now Peerunity. It has more features than the standard client, and is also much easier to use (especially for minting).

Download it here:

Read about Peerunity and FAQs:

To mint using Peerunity:

Minting is now very easy. All you need to do is enable it in your client, and leave your client running with a connection to the Peercoin network. To start with, make sure you have encrypted your client with a strong passphrase that you will not lose. You will now need to get some coins in your wallet!

Then simply press the “Unlock Wallet for Minting Only” button, enter your passphrase and press OK.

You can check you are minting by looking at the little padlock in the bottom right corner of the client. It should now be unlocked. If you hover your mouse over it, it should say “Wallet is encypted and currently unlocked for block minting only”.

How long it takes you to mint a block will depend on how many coins you have. Here’s a handy tool to work out your chances: (The current POS difficulty can be found by entering the command [font=courier]getdifficulty[/font] into the debug console of Peerunity…go to help -> debug window -> console).

good thread